Read about our programs
in these handy PDF brochures.
VISMT (The Vermont Institute for Science, Math and Technology--Vermont's
Statewide Systemic Initiative and VI's predecessor) Parent Guide
series was funded through a grant from the Josephine Bay Paul
and C. Michael Paul Foundation. The booklets focus on assessment,
curriculum, classroom teaching, technology, and the Vermont
Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities. VISMT and
other education improvement organizations in Vermont are grateful
to the Foundation for its thoughtful support of programs that
are improving the education of our children.
Framework of Standards and Learning
in the Classroom
Opportunity to Learn - Equity in
Assessment in Vermont Schools
Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities
of the Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities
is to improve student learning. It will serve as a resource to educators
and others designing curriculum and assessment at the local level, and
it makes explicit the basis for statewide assessment.
Standards identify what all students should know and be able to do.
Essential knowledge is what students should know. It includes the most
important and enduring ideas, issues, dilemmas, principles, and concepts
from the disciplines. Essential skills are what students should be able
to do. Skills are ways of thinking, working, communicating, and investigating.
There are also behaviors and attitudes related to success in and outside
of school. These include (but are not limited to) studying well, providing
evidence to back up assertions, and developing productive, satisfying
relationships with others. Frequently, standards are accompanied by
evidence of how the standard can be demonstrated.
Learning opportunities are recommended practices to support all students
in attaining the standards in this framework. They address access, instruction,
assessment, and connections, as well as best practices particular to
the fields of knowledge. They are specific, they represent areas that
can be influenced by the teacher, and they are supported by current
research and best practices. Examples of recommended practices follow
each learning opportunity.
facilitate the implementation of equitable learning environments in
Vermont, the VISMT Equity Advisory Committee developed the following
for schools and districts. We realize that these Equity Benchmarks
cover a wide range, from specific categories to long-range goals.
Our purpose is to provide some guidance in this effort.
In addition to
the curriculum reviews, VISMT created two additional publications
that support the implementation of strong, standards-based science
and math curriculum.
Science, Mathematics, and Technology Programs
That Fully Align with Vermont's Framework of Standards and Learning
Opportunities. This November 1998 publication identifies elementary,
middle, and high school programs that incorporate content AND best
practices as identified by the Vermont Framework. Readers should recognize
that this list is subject to change over time
2. A Guide for Local Standards-Based Science
Curriculum. While the previous guide identifies what programs
will work with the Vermont Framework, this 1998 guide describes how
to implement them effectively. From laying out a template for the
process to supplying descriptive vignettes about schools immersed
in change, this guide will prove to be invaluable as schools seek
to implement meaningful curriculum reform.
VERSION 2003 CAS HANDBOOK FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN ASSESSMENT
The work represented in this publication is the result of the collaboration
between The Vermont Institutes, the Vermont Department of Education
and the Council of Chief State School Officers. You will find this
work extremely helpful as you design and implement local assessments.
Read about it and download the handbook by clicking here!
VERMONT FIELD GUIDE TO EDUCATOR MENTORING
The Vermont Teacher Quality Enhancement Program (TQE) is pleased to
make the Vermont Field Guide to Educator Mentoring (published 2003)
available to you as a PDF document from the TQE website. This book
will be a handy and useful resource as school leaders continue to
organize structured mentoring and colleague support programs in their
schools and districts, and as policy continues to be developed. Click
here to review The Vermont
Field Guide to Educator Mentoring.
A Statewide Systemic Initiative
describes the past results and current endeavors of the Vermont Institute
for Science, Math, and Technology. Examining all aspects of VISMT's
work, the booklet informs readers of the progress made in Vermont's
schools as we engage students in high quality science, math, and technology
SYSTEMIC INITIATIVE (SSI) 1992-2003
contains the annual and final report; an interim report for the period
September 1992 through August 2003; as well as Systemic Initiative
Core Data Elements (SSI Collection Results, Vermont 2003; Findings
2001-02 School Year Collection Report for Vermont; and Findings Report
Scores in Problem Solving
to Use Raising Scores in Problem Solving
You Don't Know What to Do - Problem Solve!
of National Standards
Strategies for Educational Technology
ASSESSMENT IN EDUCATION
Assessment, for both the improvement of performance
and evaluating learners, is most effective when it reflects learning
as "multidimensional, integrated, and revealed in performance
over time" (Walvoord & Anderson, 1998). With that in mind,
what do networks and new media have to offer that can assist and improve
educational assessment? This paper asserts that network-based assessment
offers fundamentally new possibilities for knowing what students know.
begins a recent article about network-based assessment by David Gibson,
VI's Director of Research and Development, published in the CITE
journal. Click here or
on the title above to read the article in its entirety.
to Standards and Other Resources
No one said meeting
the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act would be easy. To
help schools, districts, and state departments of education overcome
the challenges of the law, the National
Network of Partnership Schools at Johns Hopkins University
has designed this web
site, a combination of manuals, research reports, professional
suggestions, and ideas about how best to implement the legislation
in schools nationwide. Educators and parents will find everything
from simplified explanations of the law’s provisions—including
school choice, supplemental services, and parents’ right to
know—to educator-provided suggestions for a smoother implementation.
The information on the site is broken down and simplified with charts
and bullet points so stakeholders can get quick and immediate answers
to questions without wading through the legal jargon contained in
the bill itself.
LINKS TO OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES, ALSO SEE:
October 31, 2005
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